CyberTech Rambler

July 27, 2008

Microsoft uncripple its Open Specification Promise

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 12:42 pm

Microsoft finally see the light of day and uncripple its Open Specification Promise. It was short-sighted when it decides to exclude GPL-ed software and, if I remember correctly, exclude everyone that competes with it, using the euphemism “Non commercial” software.

Before this, Microsoft used the standard PR technique of not admitting GPL-ed software is not covered. It is now saying explicitly that GPL-ed software is covered. This is a very very big step for Microsoft and we need to recognize and commend it.


  1. But it is still crippled.
    «If you file, maintain or voluntarily participate in a patent infringement lawsuit against a Microsoft implementation of such Covered Specification, then this personal promise does not apply with respect to any Covered Implementation of the same Covered Specification made or used by you.»

    Comment by dmitry_vk — July 27, 2008 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  2. Unless I miss something, and please point it out if I miss something, a lot of people in the open source/free software world, including me, will say you are mistaken. IANAL, and based on face value, Microsoft is correct when it points out that this is standard “defensive” clause. You see this clause in a lot of licenses, including open source one.

    Some other open source licenses are even more severe by stopping you from using anything from the same type of license (The nuclear clause) When GPL v3 was framed, the argument of whether if someone fails to satisfy the GPL v3, should all GPL v3 software be made unavailable to the offender. The decision was not to include this clause.

    Comment by ctrambler — July 28, 2008 @ 10:50 am | Reply

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